Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Jacaranda mimosifolia

It seems like everyone I know has been going to Argentina lately. Everyone except me (-sigh!-).

Some very good friends of mine were there prior to Thanksgiving. I believe it was the day or two after they landed in Buenos Aires when I got a text from them, asking about these magnificent trees with beautiful purple flowers.

It wasn't too hard to guess they were referring to Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia).

Though native to South America (in areas where there is rarely a frost) it is popular in Texas and Florida and is fairly recognizable to anyone who has ever driven around Beverly Hills in May.

Though the species name, mimosifolia, likens the Jacaranda's fernlike foliage to the genus Mimosa, this plant is more closely related to fellow Bignoniaceae family plants, Catalpa and Campsis. (More on Campsis, even if it's not in season, soon.)

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